South Bay Matrix FC is proud to announce a collaboration with AYSO United that will enable South Bay’s highest caliber teams to participate in Coast Soccer League. AYSO United is the AYSO Competitive Club Soccer program Nation Wide. AYSO United has boys and girls teams that compete across the US. South Bay Matrix FC who want to play in Coast Soccer League (CSL) may do so by forming part of the Orange County hub.
“This is a huge step forward for our program,” said South Bay Matrix Executive Director Anthony Millican. “This partnership with our sister club in Orange county opens doors we never thought possible. We have teams that have been successful in San Diego, and now our best teams will have the opportunity to compete with the best in Coast Soccer League.”
Since AYSO United was founded 5 years ago as part of a third, elite Club-style tier to the AYSO organization, it has grown to involve boys and girls teams from across the country from Orange County in the west coast to NYC in the east coast. With the addition of South Bay Matrix, AYSO United will now extend its program to south San Diego.
SB Matrix FC will work closely with AYSO United Club’s directors and coaching staff in implementing United’s training plan to enhance the development of players’ skills and technical abilities. The partnership started with a single team: the newly formed South Bay G2002 team, which will have immediate access to the TAGA GOALKEEPER TRAINING ACADEMY as well as entrance to CSL League Cup, Spring Cup, and California Cup.
Polo Aviles, South Bay Matrix FC coach and Technical Program Director, as well as Asst. Coach Nicole Thomas have joined AYSO United as coaches for the Girls 2002 squad, which has been competing in Coast’s Silver Elite & Gold bracket the past 4 years. Coach Aviles will continue serving as Technical Program Director of South Bay Matrix FC.
“We are looking to provide additional options for our teams and coaches,” Coach Aviles said. “Our aim is to provide more opportunities for soccer players, both competitively and recreationally. Our hope is that this relationship in the near future will also include boy’s teams under the AYSO United banner to compete in Coast Soccer League.”
Tony Zermeno, DOC of AYSO United South OC, said he is pleased to welcome South Bay Matrix FC to the club. “They will add another dimension to our club and provide players the opportunity to develop their skills further. Polo and his staff will also add coaching expertise to our program.”
South Bay AYSO has long fielded quality soccer teams, with coaches who have proven that volunteers can and do “make a difference.” South Bay Matrix was developed as the region’s competitive soccer option for players and coaches looking to grow their game. Coach Aviles’ squad has taken the program to yet another level.
“The core of this 2002 girls team won back-to-back championships in the San Diego Development Academy,” Millican said. “They have done all they can in San Diego. The team is the perfect candidate to pilot our partnership under the AYSO United Soccer Club umbrella.”
This new structure will offer three playing options for each division:
- CSL – Silver/Silver Elite/Gold & someday Premier for the most competitive teams, which should also increase exposure on a regional and national basis and give players a chance to compete against top clubs. Entrance criteria for this league would be previous SDDA team with a level of success in their respective Flight 1 or 2 bracket.
- SDDA – The local premier league, which is the most competitive level in San Diego and gives teams exposure to National Cup. The highest platform for our local competitive teams.
- Presidio League – Competitive, which also gives our players a chance to compete in the bracket of their choice, but also gives players just entering the competitive level the chance to see if it is the right fit.
- AYSO Extra – A program that offers organized soccer for players who want to play at a more competitive level. Club soccer teams are in place in many parts of the country, but for those who want to play harder and still be a part of AYSO, EXTRA is a perfect starting point before transitioning to Presidio.
For more information visit http://ayso.org/play/ayso-united